Memorie.al/ publishes for the first time three rare photos of the “Meeting of 81 Communist Parties” in Moscow of the Soviet Union, held in November 1960, the premises of the Kremlin in Moscow. This meeting would be the culmination of the irritation and subsequent breakdown of political relations between the senior leadership of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union led by Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, and the Albanian Labor Party, led by Enver Hoxha.
Also known as the “Moscow Meeting”, in the 1970s that event found wide artistic use, as in the fine arts, through the painting of the famous painter, Guri Madhi, (“People’s Painter”), as well as in literature, in the novel of our famous writer, Ismail Kadare, entitled The Winter of Great Solitude (originally, ‘The Great Winter’), which is also known as one of his masterpieces.
That meeting of 81 Communist Parties from around the world, which would be considered as the most important event of the communist countries, which at that time were under the Khrushchev-led Kremlin, would produce an honorable and irritating situation, as also according to evidence and documents of the time, would manage to degrade to personal insults, between Hoxha and Khrushchev.
These three photos show different aspects of this meeting such as: the arrival of the Albanian delegation led by Enver Hoxha and Mehmet Shehu, at the Kievskaya station in Moscow, the signing of the official cooperation agreement between 81 Communist Parties by the rest of this delegation, followed by Hysni Kapo and Ramiz Alia (where the presence of translators Myfit Mushi and Agim Popa is clearly visible), as well as the closing photo of all delegations participating in this meeting (taken from the famous ‘Georgievskaya’ hall of the Kremlin), where to her left are Kapo and Alia.